Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log within the West Girard Roadless Area.

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THP 2-16-079 SHA (Chiquito THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 149 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% roadside logging.  Tuna Creek (MD: T36N R3W Sec.5).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable area, oversized units, herbicides, west girard roadless area, spotted owl, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 33" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/26. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Mt. Shasta, CA and about 8 miles NE of Lakehead, CA and Shasta Lake at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable sloes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in section 5 including a small rotational slide 25' by 25' inside unit 5B, and a 75' by 75' unstable area 75' downhill from new road construction.  The THP area is a single section (section 5) of private lands surrounded by the West Girard Roadless Area.  SPI wants to construct 300 feet of steep new road with a grade exceeding 20% just west of unit 5F, and 2 segments of roads in unit 5B with steep side slopes exceeding 65%.  5 sensitive plant species were found including; Shasta Lake maidenhair fern throughout the THP area, Mt Shasta snakeroot in a rocky outcrop in unit 5 B, Blushing wild buckwheat in units 5C and 5 D, Cantelow's lewisia on several rock outcroppings in unit 5C, and Siskiyou lewisia was found between 2 proposed roads.

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